HC Deb 08 February 1962 vol 653 cc598-9
23. Mr. Goodhew

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what current action he is taking regarding the threats made by Mr. Kenneth Kaunda that if his United National Independence Party is dissatisfied with Her Majesty's Government's constitutional proposals for Northern Rhodesia, he will paralyse that territory's copper-mining industry by illegal strike action.

Mr. Maudling

I am satisfied that the Governor will take whatever action is necessary to deal with any breach of the law and to maintain order.

Mr. Goodhew

Is not my right hon. Friend seriously perturbed at the possibility that these threats will result in outbreaks of violence such as occurred last year, and in framing the new constitutional proposals for Northern Rhodesia, will he see to it that the impression is not given that Her Majesty's Government will always give way to threats, intimidation and violence by a minority against the interests of the African majority?

Mr. Maudling

I am disturbed by the potential dangers of the situation in Northern Rhodesia, and that is why I look forward to making an announcement as soon as possible. I am equally determined before making an announcement to consider every possible implication of it.

Mr. Healey

Does the right hon. Gentleman recall that after the Government's proposals last January the Northern Rhodesian Branch of the United Federal Party made similar threats?

Mr. Maudling

I do not think that much is to be gained in present circumstances by raking over the embers of old disputes?